Via has something for the netbook and HTPC market that should make things very interesting over the next year.
The new product is a media chip called the VX855 which is capable of pushing 1080p at an amazing 2.3 watts.
The VX855 is compatible with Via's own Nano and maintains the DDR2 configurations popular with the netbook market. The chip will combine the power of Via's Chrome9 graphics, HD audio, and HD video hardware decoding.
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Drawing just 2.3 watts, negating the need for fans, the chip integrates a high performance DDR2 memory controller, a 400/800MHz FSB processor interface, and support for 6 USB 2.0 ports, SDIO, UART, SPI, LPC and SMBus in a single chunk of silicon.
Chrome9 graphics, HD audio, and loads of display interfaces are built in as well as hardware decoding for the leading video standards and three eight-channel streams of 32-bit audio at rates up to 192kHz. µ